Australia to host South Africa for day-night Test in Adelaide

Johannesburg, June 8 (IANS) Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday confirmed that the Proteas will face Australia in a day-night Test in Adelaide from November 24, the final match of their three-Test series later this year.

This will be the second day-night match to be played at the Adelaide Oval, which hosted the first ever such match between Australia and New Zealand in November last year.

Australia is also set to play Pakistan in another day-night Test at Brisbane from December 15, when the Misbah-ul Haq-led side tours Down Under.

Over the past few months several South African players had expressed reservations over playing a Test with the pink ball without having adequately experimented with it at lower levels.

They will now begin their tour of Australia in mid-October with a two-day match under lights at the Adelaide Oval, and will also have another two-day, day-night match before the third Test.

CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the decision to play a day-night Test had been reached after “careful consideration and engagement” with the players.

“Our Proteas were initially hesitant to play such a key Test match without previous experience and adequate preparation but after working through all their concerns and possible options to prepare sufficiently, there is newfound excitement for this novel Test match,” he said.

“Our players deserve credit for the way they have worked through the issues which were clearly not insignificant,” he added.

–IANS

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